What Are the Negatives of Solar Energy?

Truth be told, if you’re currently stuck in the middle of the current load shedding schedule, which has been going on for months now, it’s hard to find any negatives about solar energy, however, people are still prone to asking the question; what are the negatives of solar energy?

The fact is, that even if all you’ve done is to invest in a Load-Shedding PV system from Renaissance Solar, you already know what it’s like to enjoy getting through hours of load shedding, without it having an impact on your household.

This is a great start, if you want to explore what it will mean when you one day decide to go all the way by investing in a solar PV system, which will be designed by the experienced team at Renaissance Solar in Cape Town, to meet all your energy requirements perfectly.

What are the negatives of solar energy?

There is an upside and a downside to everything in this world, but when it comes to looking at the negatives of solar energy in comparison with the positives, the benefits far outweigh the few disadvantages.

Let’s look at the fundamental negatives of solar energy here:

The upfront cost

The upfront cost of a solar PV system has always been the number one stumbling block for those looking to move to solar energy, however, solar PV systems have become more affordable in recent years, with the payback periods becoming shorter too.

Renaissance Solar is driven by an honesty and integrity that has gone to great lengths to work with high quality local solar products, which has allowed this team to offer customers solar PV systems at affordable prices.

They’ve also gone to bat to see to it that they have financial offerings available for customers, especially those who have reached the end of their tether with high electricity tariffs and load shedding!


If your solar PV system has been designed to store accumulated energy from the solar panels during the day, you’ll have energy through the night and even on cloudy days, due to UV light. 

Although solar panels don’t operate optimally on rainy days, you need to take into account that South Africa has one of the highest peak sun hours per day and the lowest rainfall rates in the world, which means you’ll still come out on the winning side when load shedding hits!

Want to know more about solar energy in Cape Town?

We haven’t gone into the advantages of solar energy here because they far outweigh the negatives, but if you’d like to know more about solar energy in Cape Town, why not speak to the local solar experts at Renaissance Solar?

This down-to-earth-team is passionate about solar energy, which means that if you want honest-to-goodness advice about how to move into a future that means free electricity from the sun, this is where you’ll get the best of it all!

Whether you start with a solar hot water system, Load-Shedding PV System, Hybrid Solar PV system or Grid Tie PV system, Renaissance Solar is the team to trust with your dreams and your budget!

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